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They were pleased that Keckley’s book was published, as it would serve as a warning “to those ladies whose husbands may be elevated to the position of the President of the United States not to put on airs and attempt to appear what their education, their habits of life and social position, and even personal appearance would not warrant.” Cleveland Daily Plain Dealer

There are two major flaws with this book. The first is that Keckly can hardly be described as a slave in the terms of Uncle Toms Cabin. She was a highly considered domestic servant who was allowed to ply a trade and by doing so buy her freedom. There is no evidence offered that she […]

Ist Das Leben Schön

Monday, July 1st—At 11 o’clock we noticed land, I arrived in Galveston at 4 o’clock. Low coast line with dunes. The entire island is flat, intersected by bayous. Mons. Cobb and Mons. Arcieri welcomed us, as did Maas. Mons. A., a charming, short man, is secretary at the French legation. He dined with me at […]

Oregon and the annexation of Texas are now all- important to the security and future peace and prosperity of our union, and I hope there are a sufficient number of pure American democrats to carry into effect the annexation of Texas and [extension of] our laws over Oregon. No temporizing policy or all is lost… Andrew Jackson

The conventional wisdom is generally neither and although there are elements of the issues that Silbey gives prominence in his study their importance has largely been discovered after the fact – something like the runner from Marathon who didn’t figure in histories until 600 years after the battle and now is a focal point of […]

It is unfair to suppose that one party has invariably acted rightly, and that the other is responsible for every wrong that has been committed… Nelson A. Miles

From the defeat of the British at New Orleans in 1815 until the outbreak of the Civil War the principal duty of the United States Army dealt with territorial expansion and, in particular, with the removal of nomadic indigenous peoples who formed an impediment to that expansion. From 1861 through 1877 the Army was primarily […]

In all history few men who possessed unassailable power have used that power so gently and self-effacingly for what their best instincts told them was the welfare of their neighbors and all mankind… James Thomas Flexner

If you look at the Great Seal of the Confederate States of America there is, at its center, a man on horseback – that man is George Washington whom George III, after his defeat, had referred to as the greatest man of the age. This has certainly been the received public opinion of our first […]

It is said the South will never submit — that we cannot conquer the rebels — that they will suffer themselves to be slaughtered, and their whole country to be laid waste. Sir, war is a grievous thing at best, and civil war more than any other ; but if they hold this language, and the means which they have suggested must be resorted to ; if their whole country must be laid waste and made a desert, in order to save this Union from destruction, so let it be. I would rather, Sir, reduce them to a condition where their whole country is to be re-peopled by a band of freemen… Thaddeus Stevens

  A grand allegory of the reconciliation of North and South through the federal program of Reconstruction. Visionary in its breadth and scale, the work is a remarkable combination of religious and patriotic ideology. In “Bateman’s National Picture” (as the print is termed in a published key) the government is represented as a colossal pavilion-like […]

Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide… John Adams

A magnificent catastrophe : the tumultuous election of 1800, America’s first presidential campaign Edward J. Larson New York : Free Press, c 2007 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xi, 335 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-314) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust […]